CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS - SUMMERSCHOOL 2-8 JULY 2023
OPENSTREETS - Making Maritime Neighbourhood
APPLICATION - Send us your application before 11th of June 2023 via this form. The application includes your portfolio, CV and a short motivation text.
PRACTICAL - Start of the workshop on Sunday 2nd of July (12:00) until Saturday 8th of July. FCF-a provides a place to work and sleep in the Mariti(e)me neighbourhood in Molenbeek during this time. Together with Tournevie, we've set up a metal and woodworkshop in our workspace in the neighbourhood. Participation in the summerschool is free of charge.
Closing event of the summerschool will take place on Saturday evening 08/07 in Picardstreet with a cultural performance of Openstreets. The built interventions from the summerschool will be installed in each summerstreet with neighbours in July and August.
OPEN STREETS 2023 - The Mariti(e)me neighbourhood is a very densely populated area. The lack of qualitative public space and scarcity of private terraces and gardens lead to the urban experiment of the summerstreets. At the start of the pandemic in 2020, Filter Café Filtré collaborated with local residents to transform the street to a safe space for residents of all ages to rest, eat, play, chat, bike, meet… In this year's 4th edition of the summerstreets, the program and street interventions span the Maritime neighbourhood. Together with some 30 partners and neighbour coalitions in every street, Filter Café Filtré - Atelier opens the streets for neighbourhood activities as experiments to appropriate the street as a public space and to build community.
MICRO-INTERVENTIONS - Next to the summerstreets and design of future visions made for and with the neighbours (Summerschool22), this year we want to focus on building micro-interventions that immediately improve the livability of the neighbourhood. Street reconstruction takes time, large budgets and is sometimes difficult for residents to digest. Micro-interventions are manageable changes that give way to a mindshift on mobility and the transition to a liveable and healthy city for young and old. Interventions as well-placed pinpricks in the neighbourhood give positive impetus to long-term changes.
SUMMERSCHOOL 2023 - We invite (student) architects, designers, makers and other interested professionals to design and construct together for the Maritime neighbourhood in Molenbeek. For FCF-a the street is the key space for transition. Can micro-interventions bridge the gap between the streets today and high ambitions in the long run? Which micro-intervention makes the difference now but don't stand in the way of a permanent street layout? The interventions are such that no one can be 'against' them. What about a well-designed bench on a sunny sidewalk, urban lighting on the level of pedestrians, a threshold turned into a wheelchair-accessible slope, a mini-sports field, a nudge for play on unused space, planters, trees or a table to eat together with a view? The activities of Openstreets, encounters with neighbours and local initiatives, the guidance in construction of Tournevie and last year's summerschool will feed the design process.